Two days until Christmas...and I am stressing. Anyone else? I have too many presents to wrap and assemble, menus to plan, grocery shopping to do, cleaning, house guests, and on and on. I love the quote from Christmas Vacation "I don't know what to say, except it's Christmas and we're all in misery." Sometimes it feels as though I pile on so much and set my expectations so high that I sort of forget to step back and enjoy everything that I have worked so hard on.
Working out is a huge stress reliever for me. It is a fundamental part of my life. I almost always find a way to fit in some form of exercise. And at this time of year, I find that my workouts are even more important and more beneficial to my (mental) health.
This morning, I did a tough workout. I really needed to push myself a little. 1000 rep workouts are amazing and so very effective. I put together a circuit workout that combines cardio and strength. I did 5 rounds which is a little over 1000 reps. I was sweating, for sure. There is only one exercise that requires weights, the plank rows. I used a 10 pound dumbbell. However, if you don't have weights, you could switch out the exercise for bird dogs done in full plank or simply hold a plank position for 1 minute.
Enjoy your holidays. Relax. Decompress. Enjoy.